The Five Most Overpaid Players in the NHL

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Who are the Five Grossly Overpaid NHL Players?

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In the past, NHL salaries were not as outrageous as other sports, most notably baseball. However, in recent years, that has been rapidly changing.

Hockey players may want to command the large, long-term salaries. Yet, the cold hard reality is that most players do not deserve them and are grossly overpaid for their services.

The best example of a deserving or a marquee player is Hall of Fame extraordinaire, Wayne Gretzky. His nickname was ‘The Great One’ for a reason.

Gretzky broke and reset pretty much every NHL scoring record and helped bring more than one Stanley Cup to the Edmonton Oilers. He also had his name engraved on quite a few trophies during his long career. Not only did Gretzky deserve the money, he earned it with his amazing play. Gretzky also put fans in the seats and made hockey front page news in places besides Canada.

Today’s NHL superstars pale in comparison. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin come close in the early years, which is why they are absent from this list. The second coming of Gretzky has not arrived yet, even though his salary has.

With ridiculously overpriced paychecks come high expectations.

Are they fair? Of course they’re not. Players are human. They have off days, face injuries, battle illness and have personal issues just like the rest of us.

However, if you want to be paid the money, then you need to earn it, game in and game out.

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Honorable mention: Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild

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Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild gets an honorable mention for his 13-year, $98 million salary. He has the talent and is without a doubt the hardest working man in hockey, but a big money player? Hardly! What has he done to warrant this from the Wild other than being born in Minnesota?

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No. 5 - Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild

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The No. 5 spot belongs to Parise’s signing buddy, Ryan Suter also of the Minnesota Wild. They wanted to play together with the same salary. How cute! However, Suter may have been a steady blueliner for the Nashville Predators, but he is not worth this!

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No. 4 - Brad Richards of the New York Rangers

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Number four honors go to Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. In 2011-12, he signed a nine-year deal for $60 million. He’s making $12 million this year. Really?

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No. 3 - Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers

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No. 3 is Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov. His interviews are entertaining, but at $51 million for nine years, they should.

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No. 2 - Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils

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The No. 2 nod goes to the New Jersey Devils' $100 million man, Ilya Kovalchuk. He’s certainly talented and can be a game changer, but he’s yet to put up the numbers or make the impact in Jersey that he did in Atlanta.

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No. 1 - Rick DiPietro property of the New York Islanders

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The No. 1 overpaid player in the league is without a doubt Rick DiPietro. With eight years left of his $67.5 million contract, the property of the New York Islanders is the highest paid player in the AHL.